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Ironwood genius hour helps kids pursue interests


March 9, 2019


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IRONWOOD — It’s not often students get to pick what they are learning about. In Ironwood sixth grade teacher Jason Hofstede’s class, it happens four times a year.

Once a quarter Hofstede gives his students the opportunity to design and complete a “genius hour” project for extra credit.

“I’ve had kids record songs in their folks’ basement studio. I’ve had kids make a four-foot Eiffel Tower out of popsicle sticks. One girl made the pattern, sewed the dress, modeled the dress with help of grandma — never used a sewing machine a...

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